Sustainability and Procurement

It's All About Responsible Sourcing

We invite all of our existing and future suppliers to join us in our efforts to achieve a world-class approach to sustainable procurement. Our global supply chain and the thousands of suppliers who support our efforts are a critical component of the Monsanto vision to Produce More, Conserve More, and Improve Lives.

Sustainable procurement yields a positive impact for farmers and the broader society by enabling  agriculture to produce more on the same footprint of land while conserving other natural resources. We are committed to helping improve lives by procuring goods and services that promote excellence in environmental, ethical, and social principles. The following five core values guide our sustainable purchasing efforts.

  • Produce More
    Source products and services that enable farmers to sustainably produce an abundant, high-quality food supply.
  • Conserve More
    Source products and services that utilize natural resources more efficiently while influencing our internal stakeholders to make decisions that promote sustainable behavior across our supply chain.
  • Improve Lives
    Ensure our sustainable procurement programs contribute to improving the economic success of farmers and their families in all parts of the world and to build trust within the communities we operate.

Be Accountable
Hold ourselves and our suppliers  accountable for promoting sustainability excellence in social, environmental, ethical, and economic principles.

Be Leaders
Lead the agricultural industry and set an example for responsible ways  of doing business that put sustainability first and sustain the great things we do for society.

Commitment to Sustainable Packaging

As a producer of packaged goods globally, Monsanto is committed to resource conservation, product stewardship, and the principles of shared responsibility. Monsanto strives to conduct business with suppliers who are compliant with Monsanto’s Supplier Code of Conduct and work collaboratively to incorporate and continually improve practices that demonstrate a commitment to ethical, environmental, and economic sustainability. Monsanto uses the following guiding principles to identify, develop, and enhance sustainable packaging solutions:  

(Re) Design:

a) Meet or exceed all safety, regulatory, and environmental requirements and guidelines 

b) Utilize materials derived from renewable resources, are recycled, and/or are recyclable

c) Optimize life expectancy of  packaging

d) Develop with stakeholder collaboration    

Source Reduction:

a) Optimize the quantity of material used throughout the package manufacturing process

b) Optimize the quantity of materials used in  packaging

c) Reduce the quantity of packaging per total quantity of finished goods 

Reuse:

a) Utilize repairs to optimize life expectancy 

b) Develop refill and repackaging programs 

c) Facilitate the repurpose, reprocess, or regrind of materials

Recycle:

a) Develop and promote collection programs

Recovery (Energy):

a) Explore opportunities to reclaim energy value upon completion of useful life 

Corporate Sustainability Report

As shared in the report, Monsanto is advancing important sustainability goals and we will continue working hard to become a more sustainable company. We are committed to supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and our suppliers are an important factor in helping us make this happen.

As part of our sustainability commitment, our Global Procurement Team conducts an annual Select Supplier Sustainability Assessment to weigh the economic, environmental, and social profiles and behaviors of strategic suppliers. We use these comprehensive supplier performance profiles to enhance supplier relationship management efforts, assess opportunities and risks, and develop supplier specific plans that incorporate best practices.

We encourage you to read the entire 2016 Sustainability Report  to learn more about our global sustainability efforts.

Supplier Code of Conduct

We recognize our suppliers around the globe play a key role in  helping us achieve our sustainability goals. As a result, we actively support them in their efforts to improve the sustainability of their businesses and execute our key values in sustainability.

Monsanto requires suppliers to commit to our Supplier Code of Conduct, which is based upon our commitments to both society and the environment. We encourage all existing and potential suppliers to explore our guidelines for compliance.

Click the link below to view our Supplier Code of Conduct in your preferred language. We also invite you to view a brief video where we present our values and commitments expressed in the Supplier Code of Conduct.  Visit our Procurement Supplier Code of Conduct sub-page for all 17 translations.

Review the Supplier Code of Conduct (PDF), available in 17 languages.